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Largest Jewish community is in Silver Spring, which is a suburb of Washington. For tourists, best place to stay is in downtown Silver Spring, which has a metro stop and a nearby  shul in Woodside Park within walking distance.

The shul website also has alot of helpful tourist information

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #75 on: March 11, 2012, 09:01:09 PM »
No. was a little while ago but it seems like they have it every for or five months. When do you wanna go?
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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: March 12, 2012, 01:55:42 AM »
No. was a little while ago but it seems like they have it every for or five months. When do you wanna go?

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: March 12, 2012, 09:53:42 AM »
Anyone ever stay at the Westin Georgetown?

Also interested in the Park Hyatt, but I can't seem to get a decent rate.

I started typing a whole response about why the Westin Georgetown is in a great location (near shul, kosher food, subway, etc.) before I realized the Park Hyatt is right there too.

Are you driving at all? I went to DC around Presidents Day and the reason I ended up not staying at the Westin Georgetown was parking. If I'm gonna be putting together a cheap trip using points for a hotel stay I'm not plopping down $40 a night for parking (I'm sure you can find parking for less, but not much less, and it just seemed like a hassle). I ended up staying a 20-30 minute drive away in Tysons Corner (also Westin but level 3 instead of 4) where they had free parking and a metro station nearby and it worked out really well.

I don't know if you're going for business or pleasure, but if you're touring here's my take on the things I visited (and if you're not, at least it'll be in the thread for others who are). The Museum of American History is really great, but they're slowly closing down everything in the west wing of the museum (basically a little less than half of the exhibits) for renovations. The Capitol tour is really good, but you can't bring any food or drink into the building and they're very strict. The Crime Museum is excellent too, but at full price it's $20 for a few hours worth of museum, max. Also, if you are taking a car, the Air and Space Museum's 2nd location (the original is on the National Mall) near the airport is absolutely fantastic, and well worth the $15 they charge for parking (the museum is free).

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: March 12, 2012, 12:02:41 PM »
I am not going to be renting a car, so I'm not worried about parking fees. Just trying to get a decent rate at a good hotel. Thanks for the tips.

I would think about visiting the crime museum if I get a chance.

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« Reply #79 on: March 12, 2012, 12:05:02 PM »
See if buying hyatt stay certs from hyatt will work for you.
Otherwise they trade on the forum for about $250/night.
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« Reply #80 on: March 12, 2012, 12:13:33 PM »
See if buying hyatt stay certs from hyatt will work for you.
Otherwise they trade on the forum for about $250/night.

I looked at stay certs, but they don't list which properties require which level. I've never used them before so I don't really know how they work.

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« Reply #81 on: March 12, 2012, 12:16:55 PM »
I looked at stay certs, but they don't list which properties require which level. I've never used them before so I don't really know how they work.
https://www.certificates.hyatt.com/ParticipationLocations.aspx
https://www.certificates.hyatt.com/

Call the hotel to make a res with a stay cert and then buy the cert.
No stay credit or points, but you can save a bundle.
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« Reply #82 on: March 12, 2012, 12:23:15 PM »
https://www.certificates.hyatt.com/ParticipationLocations.aspx
https://www.certificates.hyatt.com/

Call the hotel to make a res with a stay cert and then buy the cert.
No stay credit or points, but you can save a bundle.

Thanks! Apparently at the PH Washington DC I can't save too much. The lowest level they offer is $250/night, off the current rate of ~$300 right now. Not too big of a savings.

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Re: Washington DC Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: March 12, 2012, 01:18:27 PM »
@Dan: It says on the ticket for the capitol building you must arrive 45 minutes prior to the time stated? Is this true? Did you do that?
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« Reply #84 on: March 12, 2012, 01:45:25 PM »
If I can get C&P at the Westin for 4800SPG+90/night is that worth it over the $260/night rate+tax (about $300/night effectively)?

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« Reply #85 on: March 12, 2012, 02:25:04 PM »
Of course it is (unless you value SPG at more than 4cpp)
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« Reply #86 on: March 12, 2012, 02:53:27 PM »
Of course it is (unless you value SPG at more than 4cpp)

How tough is it to convince them to open up C&P if its currently showing as unavailable?

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« Reply #87 on: March 12, 2012, 05:41:53 PM »
https://www.certificates.hyatt.com/ParticipationLocations.aspx
https://www.certificates.hyatt.com/

Call the hotel to make a res with a stay cert and then buy the cert.
No stay credit or points, but you can save a bundle.
You noticed they stopped honoring them at (some of) the EU hotels.
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« Reply #88 on: March 12, 2012, 05:44:07 PM »
You noticed they stopped honoring them at (some of) the EU hotels.
Stopped implies they once did.

At any rate the best deal for these is PH SYD.
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« Reply #89 on: March 12, 2012, 05:46:52 PM »
Stopped implies they once did.

At any rate the best deal for these is PH SYD.
IIRC at the end of last year Zurich and madeline were available for the 319 cert
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